Recently in an interview with the liberal magazine the New Republic on “his enemies, the media and the future of football,” President Obama took aim not just at his antagonists on Capitol Hill but also those in the press, particularly Fox News. He told the New Republic: One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them
SINTON, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued 14 illegal immigrants who were confined in the back of a cargo truck Tuesday. The immigrants, 12 of whom are from Mexico and two from El Salvador, were rescued after agents assigned to the Corpus Christi Station pulled the vehicle over. Once the vehicle stopped, the driver and two passengers jumped out and fled on foot. Agents opened the cargo area of the truck and rescued the immigrants from the unventilated, confined space from which they had no means of escape. Agents then offered
The former prime minister was given the award at the annual Polish Business Leaders´ Awards in Warsaw. Mr Blair did not attend the ceremony and his award was accepted on his behalf by Robin Barnett, Britain’s ambassador in Poland. Mr Blair was given the award for backing the country’s efforts to join the EU and well as opening up the British labour market to the country in 2004. A message of thanks featuring Mr Blair was reportedly screened at the ceremony in which the former prime minister said he has “a lot of admiration for Poland and the Polish
President Obama, looking for a high school with a majority Hispanic population to use as a backdrop for his demagogic speech on immigration reform, settled on Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunately, the same children to whom Obama spoke of opportunity are deprived of it at Del Sol, which dramatically underachieves academically. According to Del Sol’s 2010-2011 School Accountability Summary Report, 54% of Hispanic students attending Del Sol were “non-proficient” in math. The school lags behind both the statewide standards and the standards of the school district on reading, writing, and mathematics
Experience, C.S. Lewis tells us, is "that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn." I have been getting more than a few e-mails as of late whose gist runs in the vein of intense dissatisfaction at what has occurred since November. It seems that many a patriot has gone to his house, locked and pulled shut the blinds and is awaiting that cattle car ride to the district FEMA camp. Many have eschewed the news like a plague and have instead opted for an intellectually diabetic diet of "Storage Wars" and "Pawn Stars."
Conservative talk radio host and scholar Mark Levin assailed MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Monday for slamming Sarah Palin and implying that Palin--and the Tea Party--was fading away and losing influence. On Monday morning, Scarborough joyously claimed on MSNBC´s Morning Joe that Palin and the Tea Party did not represent the future of the conservative movement and implied those like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did. On his talk radio show, Levin said Scarborough "can´t hold a candle to Sarah Palin." Levin said Scarborough´s attack on Palin represented "cowardice," was "cheap," and symbolized
Europe: France´s labor minister got himself into hot water for admitting his country is "a totally bankrupt state." No kidding, given his government´s bull-forward socialism. It´s an old story with socialists: They just don´t learn. Fresh after May 2012´s election, President Francois Hollande wasted no time raising government spending, hiking tax rates to 75% on those above $1.3 million in income, hiring 60,000 bureaucrats, cutting the retirement age for public pensions to 60 and undoing fiscal reforms by his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy. During his campaign, Hollande declared himself "the enemy of finance." France today proves it.
The 21-year-old grandson of wealthy oil and gas titan T. Boone Pickens died today from a suspected drug overdose. Thomas Boone Pickens IV was taken to a hospital in Fort Worth, Texas from his off-campus apartment in a private vehicle around 9:30 a.m. The friend who drove him there said Pickens wouldn´t wake up and it´s possible he had been dead for hours. Sources told NBC Dallas that an overdose was thought to be the cause of death after witnesses told police that Pickens injected heroin and took the prescription pill Xanax in the hours before his death.
President Obama’s remarks on immigration reform, delivered Tuesday at a campaign-style event in Las Vegas, were not overtly partisan. However, his message to congressional Republicans was perfectly clear: Get with the program, or suffer politically. Republicans are wary of the president’s call to “finally put this issue [of immigration reform] behind us” by not allowing it to “get bogged down in endless debate.” For one, they are eager to have that debate, which they believe has only just begun. Obama’s remarks did not inspire much enthusiasm. Republicans in both chambers remain cautious in their approach
I know the president likes the sound of his own voice, but, really, what was the point of his immigration speech today in Las Vegas? He didn’t deal with any of the hard issues — like guestworkers or spousal immigration rights for homosexual couples or how many millions more people a year he wants to admit — and just regurgitated the usual boilerplate about how we’re a nation of immigrants and our system is broken, etc. In fact, he’s become self-parody. I always point out that the DREAM Act was never designed
President Barack Obama managed to provoke the ire of Republicans before he even unveiled his immigration reform plan this afternoon. The president is refusing to tie tougher border enforcement to his proposal that would allow 11million illegal immigrants to become American citizens. Obama, who campaigned on giving undocumented immigrants ´a pathway to citizenship,´ laid out his plan this afternoon, claiming it is similar to the one proposed on Monday by a bipartisan group in the U.S. Senate. His proposal includes stepped up enforcement - like a new program to that would help businesses verify the immigration status
A young couple who receive more than £17,000 a year in benefits appeared on ITV´s This Morning to defend their taxpayer-funded lifestyle. Danny Creamer, 21, and Gina Allen, 18, who live in a comfortable two-bedroom flat in Portsmouth with their four month old daughter, Talulah Rose, say they are better off on £17k benefits and argue that unless they are able to find jobs that pay £18,000 a year or more, there´s no point in working. The couple also hit back at those who describe them as scroungers, arguing that because their hard-working parents have paid
In Zero Dark Thirty, CIA characters warn of congressmen coming after them for running the agency’s interrogation program. As it happens, they could have said the same thing about making a movie about the agency’s interrogation program. Washington is aghast at Kathryn Bigelow’s fantastically compelling new film. Zero Dark Thirty isn’t really about interrogation, although you could be forgiven for thinking so given all the debate over its scenes devoted to the agency’s harsh questioning of detainees after September 11. Senators John McCain, Dianne Feinstein, and Carl Levin have panned the movie as inaccurate for suggesting that enhanced interrogation
Politics: Liberals´ advice to Republicans — always suspect — is that "restrictive" immigration policies lose the GOP votes. In fact, lots more U.S. citizens from the Third World mean lots more votes for Democrats. According to Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne, interviewed on MSNBC on Monday, Republicans "cannot hold to this restrictionist position forever without suffering real costs." Dionne said this seconds after noting that Sen. John McCain, as the GOP presidential nominee, "suffered badly at the polls in 2008 among Latinos even though he had championed immigration reform."
Defense: Plans to reduce our most effective fighting force by 20,000 will leave it unable to meet all its global commitments or respond to spontaneous threats from the shores of Tripoli to anywhere else. There is no greater symbol of America´s apologetic retreat from world leadership under President Obama than the planned reductions in the size of the Marine Corps, cuts that were in the works even before sequestration mandated under the Budget Control Act threatened to cut even deeper. The Marines are on course to cut around 4,000 positions a year through 2017, decreasing the total number of
War On Terror: Four months ago, the president vowed to "bring to justice the killers who attacked our people" in Benghazi. Only, the al-Qaida terrorists are still at large and still killing Americans. While Obama plays detective and international lawyer, respecting Libyan "law," some of the same terrorists who in September torched the U.S. compound in Benghazi this month stormed a gas plant in Algeria. Their latest assault left three Americans dead, adding to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Gross negligence cost the lives of Stevens and the former
The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Obama´s choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The vote Tuesday was 94-3. One senator -- Kerry -- voted present and accepted congratulations from colleagues on the Senate floor. The roll call came just hours after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved the man who has led the panel for the past four years. Kerry could be sworn in as early as Wednesday. A welcoming ceremony is planned at the State Department on Monday.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that fair pay for women will continue to be a top priority for Senate Democrats during this Congress. “Women make up nearly half of the American workforce,” Reid said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “Yet women bring home 77 cent for every dollar their male colleagues earn. ... It’s unfair.” Reid highlighted the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was the first bill President Obama signed into law nearly four years ago, but added that it isn’t enough because women are still not earning the same wages as men.
Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions voiced concerns over the bipartisan proposal for immigration reform introduced on Monday by eight senators, saying the plan will substantially increase the already sky-high national debt and criticizing the federal government for inadequately enforcing existing immigration laws. “No one should expect the members of the Senate are just going to rubber stamp what a group who met decided,” Sessions said on the Senate floor. While immigration system needs to be reformed, Sessions said, the country has been through this dance before. The Alabama senator recalled the failed promise of enforcement following immigration reform in 1986
RUSH: I offered a proposal prior to the election. You know, I´m a powerful, influential member of the media. If a guy like me came out for amnesty, do you realize...? In fact, I´ll tell you a little secret. I can´t divulge names. I mean, I could, but I was sworn to ... not secrecy, but, you know, the old promise about anonymity. I´ve met with some senators, and they´ve said to me, "People support this. If you call it ´amnesty,´ it´s dead." They were trying to convince me how it´s not amnesty.
RUSH: Is that guy good or what, folks? Marco Rubio. I mean, that was impressive. He stayed on point. He stayed on message, and he believes it. You can tell that he didn´t need notes. He doesn´t have to consult anything, no prompter. It´s in his heart. And he´s lived it, to boot. That was impressive. And I´ll say this, too. Here is a guy who does not fear talk radio. He embraced it. He is not at all intimidated or afraid.
RUSH: The Drive-By Media, the State-Controlled Media is abuzz -- bzz bzz bzz bzz bzz -- with the fact that Senator Marco Rubio will be our guest on this program in exactly one hour. They´re all talking about it. And the subject, of course, is amnesty. Uh, uh, sorry. Immigration reform. (imitating McCain) "Meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform, Limbaugh, that´s what it is. It´s not amnesty. We don´t call it amnesty." Sorry. Exactly right, Senator. It´s meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform. We put together a montage of the media all atwitter
All through the afternoon Tuesday, Kimberly Common stood crying near the body of her oldest son Devin, the second son to be lost to gun violence in a little more than a year. "It´s in my face, it´s all over," Common said of her pain. Another son Antonio had been shot and killed in October 2011, and Common said she was still reeling from that loss when she heard Devin was one of three men shot in the 7500 block of South Champlain Avenue around noon Tuesday. "I´m not even healed from that," she said, tears streaming down her face.
A record was set at the Houston Auto Show when two personalized license plates sold at the MyPlates auction for big bucks. Tony Gullo — who took home "ROCKETS" for $16,050, "TEXAN5" for $4,250, "INDY CAR" for $2,750 and "MAYBACH" for $1,750 — told Your Houston News, "We´re going to keep these plates in our family forever. We have a big family, the children, the grandchildren, and even the great grandchildren will have these to enjoy." Car dealer Chris Gillman of Gillman Automotive Group brought the bid to $25,000 for the highly sought-after "HOUSTON" plate.